Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review of Saved in Srilanka by Devika Fernando

Some people are destined to meet.

It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him?

Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.

My Review

Saved in SriLanka is a tale of two characters Sepalika and Daniel, who were rescued from their pitfalls, and finally united with each other for a happily ever after.

This drama unfolds from the city Colombo where the tourists meet their guide, and continue through the many exotic sites of Srilanka such as the Pinnawala Village, the Kandy City, the ancient palace Sigiriya, a city of light: Nuwara Eliya, the Yala Forest, Galle city, a coastal town Ambalangoda, Bentota, and Anuradhapura.

Sepalika is a tour guide working for a tourist company that begins their tours from Colombo; has high aspirations, and has been able to fulfill most of them. Coming from a middle class family, she could find ways and means to go abroad for education, and just when she had started earning, she was called back to her hometown Colombo to help her mom nurse her ailing dad. That spoke volumes about her personality. Being grounded in spite of having an international degree, and being there for her parents when in need.

This young lady bartered herself just to be able to give the best medical treatment to her dad, which eventually landed her in a soup of emotions when she met a guy of her preference, modality, and liking.

Daniel, an Irish tourist, fell for his guide's looks, knowledge, and intelligence. Romance sparkled between the two like-minded people, but there were instances when Sepalika would hesitate to take it further. More so the promise of being faithful to her fiancee who was more of an on-paper deal! Daniel was devastated and heartbroken and preferred to stay clear of her after that.
That's when she weighed her preferences, priorities and peeped in her pocket to try to find a solution.
The thought of working round the clock to pay up was the only solution, but she stuck to her guns. Gradually gathered the guts to confront her fiancee, Mahesh, who was using her as an arm candy cause of her beauty and intelligence.

This story is about Daniel, who got his love back after having the strength to confront her and Sepalika, who had the guts to face the ugly and fathom what lay ahead, and still dared to dream. It is a story of survival of these two lovers who fell, but after giving a good fight, they got saved in Srilanka amidst the beautiful, picturesque landscape.

The Author Devika did an excellent job of putting two pieces together. Touring a country can always induce romance, and she managed to bring out strong elements of the two characters that were compatible and wanted a life together. Her exquisite and expository language could give a feel to the reader of what the landscape was about, and not only fall in love with the characters; Daniel and Sepalika but also get a feel of the particular city they were touring while lending an ear to its history.  However, sometimes, I felt the tourism was taking over the story thus making it sway from it's plot.

I would recommend this book to any reader fond of romance and has a craze for traveling.


The author gave me this book in exchange for an honest review!

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